Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Baking Soda Bug Bite Babies

On most Sundays, I get to spend some time with my little [almost] two-year-old niece. The past couple weekends, other things were going on and I wasn't able to see her so this weekend was much needed. She is adorable and it amazes me how much she grows between each visit!

On Sunday, we were all outside on the deck, enjoying the not-so-sweltering weather for once. My brother went into the backyard to play a little baseball so I took my niece, Aubrey, out there as well. About three minutes later, my legs started itching ridiculously. After my brother pointed out a mosquito on my arm, I knew I needed to get out of the grass.

I went inside where I furiously started scratching my legs. I just couldn't stop!
The swollen bumps appeared almost instantly. And they were huge.
There were about twenty just on my legs alone. Ugh.

Of course, there was not any Benadryl or Calamine Lotion in sight. I was on my way out the door to buy some when I thought of something... there had to be a home remedy. There's a home remedy for everything!
I Googled it.

Solution: Baking soda.

Yep, that's me in the middle of my "baking soda treatment."
The best part? It worked.
Aubrey even found it to be fascinating and helped me apply the baking soda paste.

Oh, so you want to try it now too?
Pour a tablespoon or two of baking soda into a little mixing bowl and gradually add tiny amounts of water at a time while stirring until it becomes a paste.
Again, add very small amounts [droplets] of water at a time because as soon as you add too much, it goes to waste.
Apply the paste until it dries then, either remove with a wet paper towel/cloth or stick your feet/legs under a faucet :)

The only downside was having to vacuum up the pieces that flaked off in the process. Nothing major. The swelling vanished as did the redness. I couldn't believe it!
The bites did get irritated again about 24 hours later so I just repeated this process and I was good to go!

After that, Aubrey and I had a blast lying on the floor shaking our feet [and bug-biteless legs] in the air!

I just love her. We're buddies. She always brings the biggest smile to my face. Even when she claws me for fun. Oh, two-year-olds... :)

What's your favorite home remedy?
I have quite a few more to share in cause you're interested :)


The Pink Growl said...

I have 4 HUGE mosquito bites right now so I need to try this baking soda remedy! They won't stop itching!

Katie said...

Yikes!!!!! I hate itchy legs ;( so glad they are better and go you for thinking of a home remedy!!

the girl in the red shoes said...

Bummer about the bug bites but I'm so glad your solution worked! I'll have to keep it in mind!

Katie said...

Cute pictures!! Our nieces & nephews put a smile on my face every time I see them! :)

I will definitely have to keep that home remedy in mind. I'm always getting attacked by mosquitoes.

Anonymous said...

Ooooh I'll have to remember that!! I hate bug bites!

Jen said...

i just wanted you to know that I pinned this on pinterest.. :D thanks for the great tip! :D

Meg {henninglove} said...

ugh sorry for the big bites, i have been there and wish i would have known about this baking soda treatment. glad to know for next time!

Kristen said...

i'm going to remember this! i have a mosquito under my desk at work and it has eaten my legs up!

Aimee L said...

That's AWESOME. I am a mosquito magnet and get eaten alive virtually every time I step outside in the summertime. Oh, Virginia!!

Your niece is too cute :)

Raquel said...

Oooo I definitely need to try the baking soda treatment next time I get mosquito bites!

putter said...

Many years ago when my daughter was about 2 she got into a swarm of yellow jackets. I applied the baking soda paste and rushed her to the ER. She was fine, but the Dr lectured me about not taking the time to put the past on the bites I received when I was getting the yellow jackets off of her. By the next day my daughter only had tiny pinprick marks. I, however, had a fever and was punk for a couple of days. This baking soda paste works for almost any kind of bite!